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Posted at 7:54 AM ET, 09/ 9/2010

Murder indictment for Md. girl, 14

By Washington Post Editors

Prosecutors say a 14-year-old girl charged as an adult with first-degree murder in the shooting death of a man during a robbery attempt has been indicted on the charge.

A grand jury indicted Arteesha Holt of Baltimore on Wednesday.

The girl was charged Aug. 24 in the slaying of 44-year-old Jose Gonzalez-Coreas, who was shot in the head Aug. 13 and died a week later.

Police said Holt pulled a gun on Gonzalez-Coreas and another man sitting on a stoop and announced a robbery, then shot them both after they laughed at her because she was so young. The other victim suffered a graze wound.

Holt's brother, 18-year-old Shawn Palmer, was also indicted Wednesday for accessory after the fact. Prosecutors say Palmer helped the girl flee and took possession of the handgun.

-- Associated Press

By Washington Post Editors  | September 9, 2010; 7:54 AM ET
Categories:  Baltimore, Homicide, Updates  
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Comments

Tragic. I hate to see young people throw away their lives like this. As I am not familiar with this individual, but given her young age, wouldn't rehabilitation be a possibility. I hesitate trying anyone this young as an adult as they are not thinking/working with an adult mind. Incarcerating juveniles with adults only further hastens rehabilitation. Punishment, yes...and it should be harsh as a deterrent/example to others. But not in an adult system.

Posted by: CalmTruth | September 9, 2010 9:11 AM | Report abuse

Sometimes people are broken and simply can't be fixed. A 14 year old certainly understands the implications of firing a weapon at another person(especially when she was attempting to rob them and knew neither was armed).
I seriously doubt she could be rehabilitated.

Posted by: BigDaddy651 | September 9, 2010 9:23 AM | Report abuse

I agree, BigDaddy651!!! She planned to rob someone and she brought a gun. That kind of foresight indicates she intended to use the weapon if she didn't get her way. She deserves life in prison with no Internet or cable access.

Posted by: DecafDrinker | September 9, 2010 11:31 AM | Report abuse

Sometimes people are broken and simply can't be fixed. A 14 year old certainly understands the implications of firing a weapon at another person(especially when she was attempting to rob them and knew neither was armed).
I seriously doubt she could be rehabilitated.

Posted by: BigDaddy651 | September 9, 2010 9:23 AM | Report abuse

That's not true, because people tend to feel that things they were taught are second nature. Some people over come despite their surroundings, but it's very difficult to make good decisions if you've never been taught right and only wrong.

Posted by: bobby31 | September 9, 2010 11:48 AM | Report abuse

As a native Baltimorean, I can tell you just how utterly appalled I am at the criminal conditions in our city.
You know all is lost when kids at age 14 are brazen enough to plan and execute a murder. These young black kids in Baltimore have been raised without a conscience. They don't care about anyone or anything except their own gratification and the means they take to appease themselves. The Black people who live in these horrible neighborhoods are held captive by the criminals. Too poor to get away from them and no power to make authorities listen to them. The law moves in when someone is murdered and moves out the next day. The good people trapped in these criminal neighborhoods have no hope of keeping their own children alive and unaffected by the criminal elements. If you cannot control a girl of 14, you cannot control anything.
I love Baltimore but never travel any further than the Inner Harbor. I'm too afraid of gun toting young black kids who will kill you for a dollar.
My friend works in one of the restaurants in the Pavillion at the Inner Harbor and last year all those stores and restaurants had to lock their doors to protect themselves and their patrons from the huge gang of black teenagers marauding through the Pavillion. This is sad all the way around.

Posted by: papafritz571 | September 9, 2010 1:53 PM | Report abuse

bobby31,
She shot 2 unarmed men killing one of them...exactly how is she NOT responsible?
Save the whole "terrible upbringing" argument...she knew enough to take a gun with her to an armed robbery attempt. She knew what she was doing.
Stop giving today's youth a free pass with all of the society's so hard for kids from poor backgrounds. Come on...she knows right from wrong. Shooting people falls into the latter.

Posted by: BigDaddy651 | September 9, 2010 3:16 PM | Report abuse

"Tragic. I hate to see young people throw away their lives like this."

The tragedy is not that she threw her life away. The tragedy is that she threw another person's life away when she shot him.

Posted by: ouvan59 | September 9, 2010 4:03 PM | Report abuse

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